The Mindful Carnivore (Hardcover)

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The Mindful Carnivore (Hardcover)


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Tovar Cerulli awarded a graduate school fellowship by the University of Massachusetts-Amherst in 2009, where he is researching diverse perspectives on human relationships with the natural world. He lives in Vermont with his wife, Catherine.  Visit his webiste at
Product Details ISBN: 9781605982779
ISBN-10: 1605982776
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication Date: February 15th, 2012
Pages: 320
Language: English
Bullseye! This coming-of-age story is right on target in equating living—and killing—with eating. Cerulli cuts through forests of argument by a thoughtful and thrilling narrative as he turns from vegan to hunter, stalking, killing and eating his first deer. We experience his growing awareness of what it means to be fully involved in the web of nature. With him we can wonder at its complex mystery and share in “mindful eating” as a sacred act. 

— Betty Fussel, author of The Story of Corn and Raising Steaks

Pondering his stance on hunting and eating meat, a committed vegan delivers an entertaining and erudite meditation on his place in the natural world. Cerulli examines the politics of food and the contentious debates that have ambushed America’s conversation about the food supply. He assumes the role of the reasonable yet probing narrator, raising questions and pointing out the contradictions and truths contained within the multiple viewpoints he discusses. The refreshingly evenhanded tone allows readers to judge the author’s argument on the merits of his literary and personal evidence. Today’s noisy media environment often consists of rigid, uninformed viewpoints passed off as the sole truth. Cerulli provides a welcome antidote to the bluster.

Tovar Cerulli embarks on an unlikely journey from vegan to hunter, laying bare the complicated relationship we have with the food we eat, exposing the many myths and prejudices that pile up on our plates. Full of compassion, curiosity, and a nourishing eloquence, Mindful Carnivore is a healthy reminder that our choices matter and an invitation to vegetarians and carnivores alike to examine their paths to sustenance.”
— Langdon Cook, author of Fat of the Land

Cerulli offers penetrating insights into not only where our food comes from, but what our daily dietary choices say about who we are as human beings.
— Hank Shaw, author of Hunt, Gather, Cook

Within these pages Tovar Cerulli navigates our role in the cycle of life in a way that is spiritual, intuitive, and profoundly real. By witnessing his transformation from staunch vegan to thoughtful hunter, we are reminded that mindful hunting not only makes us stewards of the land, but thoughtful eaters and more awake human beings. Bravo!
— Georgia Pellegrini, author of Girl Hunter and Food Heros

Cerulli has written the book I’ve been waiting for.  It’s memoir,
adventure story, and exploration.  His journey is from vegan to hunter,
but it’s more than that.  It’s a journey into history, ethics,
nutrition, ecology, and philosophy.  And doubt.  All while in pursuit of
a deer.  It’s an entertaining read—in fact,
it’s an entertaining ride—into human experience.  A savory morsel
— Daniel Herman, Professor, Central Washington University